Tadashi Suzuki’s La Dame aux Camelias opens the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (2011台灣國際藝術節), whose theater-heavy program runs through March 27. The renowned Japanese director has transformed French novelist Alexandre Dumas’ novel into a musical of 14 Taiwanese and Mandarin pop songs, including When Will You Come Again (何日君再來). The production will be performed in Chinese with English subtitles. For more information about the festival, visit the event’s bilingual Web site at tifa.ntch.edu.tw. [See story on Page 13.]
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600 and NT$3,600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw.
Renowned circus troupe Cirque du Soleil returns to Taipei with Varekai, a spectacular show based on the Greek myth of Icarus, who falls to his death from the sky because he flew too close to the Sun. In Cirques’ version of the story, Icarus lands in a world populated with exotic beings and falls in love with a beautiful nymph.
■ Parking lot next to Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館), Ln 105 Jingmao 2nd Rd, Taipei City (台北市經貿二路105巷)
■ Today, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 3:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 1pm and 5pm
■ Tickets are NT$2,900 to NT$7,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The National Guoguang Opera Company (國立國光劇團) tomorrow presents a program of Beijing opera classics including Picking Up the Jade Bracelet (拾玉鐲) and Full of Gold (黃金滿台).
■ Guoguang Theater (國光劇場), 8-1, Ln 66, Muzha Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市木柵路三段66巷8號之1)
■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$200 and NT$300, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Inspired by the work of Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao (幾米), NX Theatre’s debut production, One More Day With You (走向春天的下午), tells the story of a sentimental boy who meets a girl whose best friend has just passed away. The group combines magic tricks with other performing arts.
■ Plum Wine Factory (烏梅酒廠), Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Today, Monday and Thursday at 3:30pm and 7:30pm, tomorrow at 10:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Bad Neighbor Yiyi (惡鄰依依), Comedians Workshop’s (相聲瓦舍) newest Mandarin stand-up production, begins with two guys realizing they have dated the same woman, named Yiyi. The cast is led by veteran comedians Feng Yi-kang (馮翊綱) and Sung Shao-ching (宋少卿).
■ Chunghsing Concert Hall, Taichung (台中中興堂), 291-3 Jingwu Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市精武路291之3號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw.
2011 TCSB New Year’s Concert (市民管樂團 — 民國100年新年音樂會) presents the Taipei Civic Symphonic Band (市民管樂團) performing a varied program that includes Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie Violin Concerto, Philip Sparke’s Clarinet Concerto, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture and Rossini’s La Danza. The orchestra will be conducted by Ho Kang-kuo (何康國), who will also perform as clarinet soloist, and Lin Tien-chi (林天吉), who will also perform as violin soloist.